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#1 Above-the-Fold

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:42 AM

I see the Coast Guard is offering (subcontracting?) broadband wifi, which they say will run on 12V, using an available adapter, and let you bring your boat into the 21st century. 

 

https://www.boatiesb...1a-00155d13e305

 

Anybody tried it? Does it live up to the hype? 

 

We've been using the phone to hotspot, but this might be a better idea.


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#2 southernman

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:10 AM

It's the same service just 4G and uses the cell networks for connection.  If you are using a hotspot you wont' notice anything greater in speed or service I'd suggest.  Nothing new really at all.  


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#3 L00seM00se

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:14 AM

The technology isn’t new. Many moons ago I had a Vodafone 3G Router that had WiFi. It had a DC adaptor so in essence was the same. The WiFi portion will be fine on a boat, it’s all down to the cell signal. Can you probably do it cheaper yourself? Maybe, certainly pick up a cell plan cheaper than that.
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Posted 17 September 2019 - 08:56 AM

Looks like it's resold Wireless Nation which is selling something called RBI, It's Vodafone based and will be a Huawei modem and a little 12-24v boost converter. It'll be nicer than your mobile phone hotspot by a little bit but still depends on your coverage


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#5 Above-the-Fold

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 01:11 AM

The general tenor: If I'm parked in Whangamumu waiting for the south-easterly to stop, as I was last summer, I'll be no better off with this thing 'cause there still ain't gonna be cell service.

 

Thanks all. I think I'll stick with Spark and a hotspot.


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#6 bigal.nz

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 06:30 AM

We have got a Mikrotik router on the boat which IIRC takes 24v and has a sim card slot. They are about $180.

As you say it's no better service than hotspot but it means that all the other boat devices actually have a permanent AP to connect to.

I like 2 degrees for data as they have carry over and you can share your handset data with a second sim (is in the Mikrotik)

There are some flash 4G marine antennas arrive but I have not tried them.

 

 

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 07:03 AM

PPS: Its also got built in a DDNS service and VPN among other things, very handy if you want to monitor remote systems on your boat.

 

Its a bit nerdy to try to set one up, but if you buy from Go Wireless NZ the support is great. 


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#8 Beccara

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 07:30 AM

The main advantage here is going to be the datacap, You can have the kids watching some Netflix fairly safely and cheaply with this service. You can't take the SIM cards and use them in any other device and the modem is generally quite a bit better reception wise and you can pair it with something like this:

https://www.gowifi.c...-lte-5d-sq.html

 

To help improve it even more


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Posted 21 September 2019 - 11:23 AM

We use Wireless Nation and it's fabbo.  120 Gb for a hundy.  


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